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Meth Cook Arrest

Police have arrested man in Caldwell County on charges of methamphetamine manufacturing. The man, 34-year-old Kevin Bumgarner, is accused of using the “shake and bake” method of meth making and police say they found the remnants of the previous night’s cook. The shake and bake, or “one bottle” method of meth cooking puts all the ingredients in a single plastic container. The chemical reaction requires some shaking and “burping.” The process is considered very dangerous because of the chemicals used and the fact that cooks have to hold the bottle in their hands.

Some of the ingredients react with water. Others, like lantern fuel, can vaporize and explode. Even when the process is finished, the by-products are toxic and represent a hazard to law enforcement. In this case, the accused is alleged to have piled all his leavings and burned them – either to get rid of the evidence or in an attempt to dispose of the toxic materials.

Police reported they had seized a liquid thought to contain methamphetamine, and are awaiting tests. If the tests show an amount greater than an ounce, the charges against Bumgarner could be increased.

The defendant was jailed on $100,000 bond.

This case is typical of the kind of meth operations now found in North Carolina. Instead of large operations or “labs,” meth is cooked in small quantities. Yield is less, but it’s much easier to gather the materials and do a small batch as needed. This also attracts amateurs, sometimes even addicts themselves who are interested in creating a personal supply instead of selling the drug. The method is portable enough that cooks can even attempt it while driving or take the supplies somewhere in the woods to mix up a batch.

According to reports, the Cladwell County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate to determine if others are involved.

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